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Hey guys, I have a new editing app to recommend which was a game changer for me, especially on my vacation since I really wanted lightening to be on point. The editing features I used within this app were pretty simple and, safe to say, I didn't use even half of the features this app offers. But it just happened that the kind of photos I took, this time around, didn't require using app any further than this. Once I capture something that I can be edited by using the advanced features this app offers I will add a mini tutorial covering it.

So the app I am talking about is called Lens Distortion it's available on both App Store and Google Play but it requires subscription in order to use all features ( it's totally worth it ).

So before I we get into my editing process using this app that I broke down into a few photos, let me tell you what is important.

You should really stick to the natural lightening direction and shadows projection in order to maintain the balance and get the realistic and natural results.

Shouldn't be adding rays or lens flare on the opposite side because it will mismatch the shadows and look fake and heavily edited. Which is a no-no.

And, I do suggest always applying a Preset after editing rather than before in order to blend everything smoothly.

This is the original photo, I 'd first add some light by selecting the Light Hits and choosing the one I like and the one that matches my original lightening.

Like I mentioned above it's important to follow the shadow directions so that we can place the flare in the right angle of the photo.

So alway follow the lightening and shadow direction for the best results.

So I chose and placed the Light Hit on the left side following the natural lightening source and I scaled it down accordingly to don't be overwhelming.

You can edit opacity, texture, brightness , contrast, etc of the light hit, but in this case none was necessary except scaling down and placing it in the left corner.

We are moving to the Light Volume now.

You will first need to add a Layer by clicking on + on the bottom. ( it's not visible here because it didn't fit the canvas.

I chose the Light Volume that I thought fits well, scaled it down and positioned it on top of the Light Hit.

Light Volume will add the "ray" effect and as you can see on the photo and make the lightening more natural. I always combine these two just scale them depending on the effect I am looking for.

You will, most likely, need to rotate and heavily scale Light Volume because it's always pretty massive when applied, it should also follow the light source direction.

Original vs Lens Distortion and Lightroom Preset applied.

Another example of a wonders this app can do

This photo has a very clear source for light and even on the original you can see the example of what Light Volume is.

So what I did here was just picking the Light Hit that matches the natural Sun and placing it on top of it.

I rescaled it to matches the natural bounds of it's shine.

Then I added another one on top of it because I wanted these "Spikes" underlined.

To add another layer just hit + on the bottom and chose a new Light Hit effect.

I scaled it down and placed it on top of the first layer.

Since this photo was all about the sun shining between the columns I felt like it added a more dramatic look.

In this case I didn't add light volume because there was no need to since nothing was limiting the exposure to the sunlight and also this extra layer of Light Hit kind of did than alone.

Original vs Lens Distortion and Lightroom Preset applied.

So these are some quick edits I did using the most basic features of this app. Using masking and a few more can add an extra touch and such a beautiful effects to your photos but in these cases none of my photos required that.

In the next mini tutorial Lens Distortion app related I will show you how to use masking especially if you have photo captured in portrait mode.

To download Presets I used in this tutorial you can click Here



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